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are these "problem" cracks in the wall?


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Old 10-29-21, 02:04 PM
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are these "problem" cracks in the wall?

Hello,

I recently found new cracks on the wall where the stairs are in my 1970s home. How can I determine if these are "problem" cracks? And if they are, is there anything I can do about it? Thanks in advance.




 
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Old 10-29-21, 02:38 PM
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It indicates the framing has shifted due to a point load. No, nothing you can do about it other than patch it, or cut it out and replace. The biggest "problem" will be trying to match the texture.

Not sure if its plaster or drywall.
 
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I assume these cracks are in sheetrock. They are cosmetic problems but I'm not concerned structurally unless the cracks continue to grow.
 
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Yes, it's drywall
 
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These cracks seem to be growing. My concern is the attic is going to come down while someone is going up the steps!





 
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Unless you can push up against it and make it move there is little danger of the attic falling down.
Do you know if you have drywall or is it a plaster veneer?
The correct fix is to mud/tape and texture but you can make the cracks less visible by just caulking the crack - removing any excess caulk that isn't in the crack.
 
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Old 08-22-22, 05:45 AM
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I agree with what the others have said. It's most likely not a problem, structurally. However, if it were me, I would go into the attic crawl space and look for possible loose or maybe broken rafters or truss support members. I have seen a truss support member that had a large knot in it fail after several years. Unlikely but possible.
I see you're from the Southern California area. So, no snow loads. Even less likely.
If you have a basement, do you have any cracks? Settling can cause similar issues.
 
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Old 08-22-22, 01:48 PM
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Thanks for the input. That's reassuring. It's drywall and no basement here. I'll take a look in the attic!
 
 

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